Minimum Wage Requirements by State

United States Minimum Wage 2016

Updated for July 1, 2021

This blog post is written for American businesses. If you run a Canadian company, click here for a list of Minimum Wage Requirements in Canada.

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly pay rate that an employer can pay an employee.

In the United States, the federal government issues a nationwide minimum wage. The current federal minimum is $7.25/hour, and generally, all states must pay no less than the statutory minimum wage.

Each state is able to set their own minimum wage as long as it is above the federal minimum. Currently, many of them have done so.

American employers are required to pay employees, at least, the minimum wage set by their state. It is the employer’s responsibility to adhere to the minimum wage requirements of their state or the federal minimum when applicable.

Service and hospitality workers who are tipped employees have their own minimum cash wage requirements, including a federal minimum of $2.13/hour. In turn, their tips make up the balance toward minimum wage or above.

 To check out the most current wage rates, here's the DOL webpage. Each state is also linked to its wage and hour information. 


Minimum Wage




Alabama has no state minimum wage law



January 1 each year 



January 1 each year


$11.00 (for employers with 4 or more employees)

($2.63 for tipped employees)



$13.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$14.00 (26 or more employees)

(Several cities also have their own minimum wage laws)

$14.00/$15.00 January 1, 2022 (25 or less employees/26 or more employees)

$15.00/$15.00 January 1, 2023



($9.30 for tipped employees)

January 1 each year



$13.00 August 1, 2021

$14.00 July 1, 2022

$15.00 June 1, 2023




Washington D.C.


($5.05 for tipped employees)




January 1 each year



($5.15 for employees not covered under FLSA)





























January 1 each year


$11.60 (14 or less employees)

$11.75 (15 or more employees)

(Montgomery Co. has their own minimum wage laws




$14.25 January 1, 2022

$15.00 January 1, 2023






($8.21 for employees with >$500,000 in annual sales volume)

January 1 each year






$11.15 January 1, 2022

$12.00 January 1, 2023



($4.00 for Employers grossing <$110,000 in annual sales and not covered by FLSA)

January 1 each year






($8.75 if the firm provides health insurance)

$10.50/$9.50 July 1, 2022

$11.25/$10.25 July 1, 2023

$12.00/$11.00 July 1, 2024

New Hampshire**



 New Jersey


$13.00 January 1, 2022

$14.00 January 1, 2023

$ 15.00 January 1, 2024

 New Mexico


($2.55 for tipped employees)

$11.50  January 1, 2022

$12.00 January 1, 2023

 New York



 New York City


($14.00 for Long Island & Westchester)

Long Island & Westchester:

$15.00 December 31, 2021 

 North Carolina



 North Dakota




$8.80 (for businesses grossing >$319,000 per in annual sales)

January 1 each year



($2.00 if a company has >10 employees or grosses >$100,000 in sales)




$13.50 July 1, 2022




 Rhode Island



 South Carolina



 South Dakota


January 1 each year












$12.55 January 1, 2022






January 1 each year

 West Virginia









*Missouri - The minimum wage requirements do not apply for federally covered employment, and the law exempts employees of a retail or service business grossing less than $500,000.

**New Hampshire – The minimum wage requirements do not apply to employees engaged in household labor, domestic labor, farm labor, outside sales representatives, summer camps for minors, newspaper carriers, non-professional ski patrol and golf caddies.

***Oklahoma – "The law defines an “employer” as having ten or more full-time workers in one place OR more than $100,000 of business a year." If you do not meet these requirements you fall under the $2.00/hour minimum wage. The $2.00 minimum wage also applies to full-time students.

The advice we share on our blog and in our webinars is intended to be informational. It does not replace the expertise of working with accredited business professionals.

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